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Child Protection in South Sudan

Since 2013, children in South Sudan have been affected by grave violations. Boys and girls are severely affected by conflict and distress due to violence, recruitment by armed forces and armed groups, displacement, famine, family separation and lack of access to education, nutrition and healthcare due to attacks on schools and hospitals. The security situation is gradually improving and there is cautious optimism following the 2018 signing of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS). Nevertheless, the Child Protection Sub-Cluster in its analysis of child protection needs considers that children and young people, girls as well as boys (under 18) are still at great risk of violence in South Sudan.

Child protection priority areas of focus are psychosocial and mental health support, family tracing and reunification and case management; the latter also considering boys and girls associated with involved in armed groups. As an integrated approach, child protection actors are also focusing on addressing the holistic needs of children affected by recurrent conflict and famine specifically child-headed households who are at great risk of food insecurity as well as protection, education and health issues.

CP AoR Strategy (2019 - 2021)

Key Contacts

Joan Kipwola
Child Protection Sub-Cluster Coordinator
Email: jkipwola@unicef.org
Mobile: +211 920 540 774

Bashir Said 
Child Protection Sub-Cluster Coordinator
Email: Bashir.Said@savethechildren.org
Mobile: +211 922 412 302

Anneli Berggren
Information Management Officer
Child Protection Sub-Cluster
Email: bberggren@unicef.org